Newsletter May 2011

Corsham students on West End stage by Amy Charlesworth M10

On the 27 March my theatre school ‘Stagecoach’ travelled up to London. After weeks and weeks of rehearsing (also preparing for our yearly show FAME) and a long journey up there, we got into ‘Her Majesty’s’ theatre. We watched the first run through and when it was our turn we got to try on our radio microphones. We then had another 10-minute rehearsal in the dance studio and then went for lunch. At last it was the dress rehearsal. We had about 2 hours to get all our makeup on then we watched Act 1. In the last few scenes before the interval we went and put our costumes back on, retouched our makeup and went down and 6 of us had to go and get our microphones on. We performed an extract leading into a song/dance called ‘Da Beat’. There were 18 of us performing in ‘The West End’. This included me, Nancy Lewendon, Laura Manners and Tayla Vanson from The Corsham School. It was one of the best days of my life and I really enjoyed it.


On April 6 Mr Robards (Team Leader for Science) arranged curriculum enrichment sessions for Y11 Triple award GCSE and Y12 Chemistry AS students.
Dr Delcan Fleming from the University of Bath Chemistry Dept visited the school and presented an Outreach session entitled ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase ‘.This involved setting up a portable Infra Red Spectrometer in the classroom (worth £25,000).Students were learning about how a variety of analytical methods are used to detect unknown chemicals with special reference to drug use in sport. As part of the session students were invited to provide their own samples of chemicals to test which included some lip salve, deodorant and even the oil particles on one student’s thumb!


The Food Technology team would like to say a huge thank you to Barry Pocock of Pocock Poultry for supplying us with colour coded chopping boards. We have enough sets for each work station in both food rooms. His support is greatly appreciated.

The Food Team has acquired numerous tubs and containers left behind after practical lessons. Is your kitchen missing some?
Students can collect them from the department at break or lunch time, otherwise they will be disposed of.

Drama by Mrs Armsby

Congratulations to the Yr 12 Drama and Theatre Students for a fantastic evening of entertainment on 17 May. Students performed a collection of monologues and duologues to a visiting examiner followed by four group performances of a range of theatrical styles from Mark Ravenhill’s ‘Pool No Water’ to Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Parents and friends thoroughly enjoyed the performances and gave well deserved high praise to all involved. Well Done.


This term the students with full marks are:

Year 7 – James Phillips W7
Year 8 – Joy WingraveW8, Syrie Gregory Wood A8
Year 9 – Jethro Large A9, Hannah Lias M9, Isaac Sellens A9  Lauren Merrett W9
Next term we hand out the trophies and there is a tie for first place in Year 7 and in Year 9 at the moment.  We can only have one winner per year group so we may need to set a challenge here at school if the situation does not change! watch this space!


Football By winning the North Wilts League this season the Year 10 team qualified for the play- off final with winners of the South League, Kingsdown School,Warminster.

In the final the Corsham Team played really well and with 2 goals from Connor McCarron, 1 from Tom Bew and 1 from Kyle Krishnamma-Hillier they won 4-2

Cricket Congratulations to Tom Foley and Gabriel Field who have both been selected to play for Wiltshire.

French Exchange by Ms Hawkins

From 2-9 April 40 Corsham students and 3 teachers went to our partner school in Montendre, France, for our biggest French Exchange ever!  We had a great time in Collège Samuel Dumenieu attending English, Music, Art and PE lessons (frisbee and handball!) and we were impressed with the 3-course school lunches.  We also enjoyed the France-Angleterre football matches, particularly the fact that the French students were cheering for our team.  We visited the market and the town hall where we met the mayor, and we enjoyed days out in Futuroscope, Poitiers and also in Bordeaux.

We have just said goodbye to our French partners who stayed from 14-21 May. They enjoyed an art project in the making room and a cricket lesson with Mr Evans.  They met Corsham students in French lessons where they joined in with activities and games.  They also completed two treasure hunts around the town, superbly created by some of our Year 10 students.  They had trips to Bath, Lacock and London, where they experienced the perils of The London Dungeons with some of their partners.  We were very sad to say goodbye to them last Saturday, and parents, too, will miss them.

Well done to all of our students who took part in this.  It was lovely to see such positive, friendly attitudes not to mention some fantastic French!  Thanks, too, to all the parents who made this so successful.

A vey sad goodbye to Samantha Hobbs and Calum Johnstone, both in Y10.  They have completed their third and last French Exchange and have done superbly on each.  It won’t be the same without you! Au revoir!

Y7 CORS Boulogne Trip 15 July
There are still a few places left!  If you are interested, you must have your own valid passport.  You should bring a valid EHIC card and £52 cash or cheque to H9 at break on Monday 6th June.  For all details, please refer to the original letter on ELE.

AGAT Language day by Becky Schofield

On Friday May 13, Hannah Lias, Bobbi Lang, Sam Starkes, Elinor Wood, Ben Candlin and Becky Schofield (me) set out to St Johns in Marlborough for AGAT languages and technology day. Our task was to create a celebration meal and do a presentation. The theme was colour and communication and we chose to base our meal on World Peace. We then has to present our meal to the ‘dragons’ (one of whom was a Michelin star chef) and out of several schools, we won!


Do you, any of your friends or family members have a musical instrument at home that is not getting played, taking up valuable space and simply gathering dust?  Would you consider donating it to the music team at The Corsham School?  We are particularly keen to acquire good quality and working woodwind, brass and string instruments.  Please do contact us if you have something you would like to contribute – we need to be certain we can accommodate and will make use of it!  Whilst we will be keen to receive most orchestral instruments, we are especially keen to gain the following:  Oboe, Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, DoubleBass. Thankyou!

Informal Practice Platform Come and play!
Wednesday 22 June 6pm, Music Department, Room H29.

This is a friendly, informal opportunity for instrumentalists to play pieces they are currently learning.  It is also the perfect chance to test out examination pieces prior to a practical Associated/Trinity Board exam.  If you have an exam coming up and would like a practice-run of your pieces in a non-critical and supportive environment or would simply like to play something you are working on, please see Mrs Francis or Mrs Bond as soon as possible.  Performing places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.

Dates for the Diary

June 6     Term 6 begins
June 11   County Athletics championships
June 13   Y12 return – A2’s begin
June 14   Y8 Geography to Studland
June 15   Area Athletics championships
June 15   KS3 Music Festival Day
June 16   Y8 Geography to Studland
June 18   South West Athletics Studland
June 22   Y12 Citizenship day/sports day pm
June 24   Y10 History to Bath
June 28   7.00pm Y8 Focus Evening
June 30    Y11 Leavers’ Ball